A skateboarder-turned-photographer who makes his living by photographing barrelling waves in Cornwall has spoken to Amateur Photographer (AP) about the kit he uses.

Photographer Mike Lacey, from Porthleven in Cornwall, has been shooting waves for the past four years.

Mike, 28, told AP: ‘I’ve been interested in taking photos from a young age.

‘I used to skateboard and this is when I started playing with my mum’s camera, trying to get some funky angles of skateboarders.

Mike added: ‘My love for skating turned into a love of surfing and as soon as I was in the waves I wanted to document them.

‘But getting all the gear was quite expensive, so it took a while for me to be able to take shots from the water.

Mike said he uses a Nikon D800 or D3S DSLR, with 16mm fisheye, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.8 or 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses.

He protects his gear using SPL and AquaTech water housings.


‘My knowledge of the waves from surfing for the past 13 years means I can get myself in the right spot to take these photos.’

Mike’s work was also published in The Times last week.

He told the newspaper: ‘I love that each wave, once broken, will never break again, so to be inside the wave at that point, to capture something that is there for a split second and then gone forever, is so special.

‘There might be only a few spots which will barrel for an hour or so at a certain point in the tide, so you really have to be able to drop everything and go when it looks good.’

To view more of Mike Lacey’s work, visit www.wavesgallery.co.uk.



[All photo credits: Mike Lacey]